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    Traffic laws pertaining to bicycles on roads

    This was fodder for discussion earler to day at work. Hence I want to share and make others aware, if you are not already in the know. I searched, briefly, and could not find this info on this site (probably right under my nose), but if it is then mods feel free to delete. I commute regulary, rain or shine, so I make it a point of knowing what I have to do, and not do.

    The following was found on michie.com/tennessee which is a terrific database for TN law. It can be outdated when laws are changed. But I feel safe in saying that no bicycling laws have changed in a while, so what is there is correct. Also this little link http://host.fptoday.com/hrbc/hrbc/Bi...l/cyclerig.htm has some basic info as well. And finally here is another good source of info with additional T.C.A. numbers to ponder http://www.bikememphis.com/TCA.htm


    The following is a copy paste job from michie containing TN T.C.A. 55-8-171-177 which pretty much covers everything one needs to know when operating a bicycle on the road.

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    From michie.com/tennessee title 55 chap 8 act 171-177

    55-8-171. Operation of bicycles and play vehicles — Penalty — Effect of regulations. —

    (a) It is a Class C misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act

    required in this section and 55-8-172 — 55-8-177.

    (b) The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit that

    child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title.

    (c) The regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or

    upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 71; T.C.A., 59-872; Acts 1989, ch. 591, 113.]


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    55-8-172. Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles — Penalty. —

    (a) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of

    the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title,

    except as to special regulations in 55-8-171 — 55-8-177, and except as to those provisions of this

    chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title that by their nature can have no application.

    (b) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 72; T.C.A., 59-873; Acts 1989, ch. 591, 113.]

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    55-8-173. Riding on bicycles — Playing and use of play vehicles — Penalties. —

    (a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat

    attached thereto, except for a certified police cyclist who is performing duties that require riding in a

    side dismounting position.

    (b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is

    designed or equipped.

    (c) No person shall play on a highway other than upon the sidewalk thereof, within a city or town, or in

    any part of a highway outside the limits of a city or town, or use thereon roller skates, coasters or any

    similar vehicle or toy or article on wheels or a runner, except in those areas as may be specially

    designated for that purpose by local authorities.

    (d) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 73; T.C.A., 59-874; Acts 1985, ch. 138, 3; 1989, ch. 591, 113; 1995, ch. 140,

    4.]

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    55-8-174. Clinging to vehicles — Penalty. —

    (a) No person riding upon any bicycle, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the bicycle,

    roller skates, sled or toy vehicle, or that person's own body, to any streetcar or vehicle upon a roadway.

    (b) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the attachment of a bicycle trailer or bicycle

    semitrailer to a bicycle if the trailer or semitrailer is designed specifically for that purpose.

    (c) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 74; T.C.A., 59-875; Acts 1985, ch. 138, 4; 1989, ch. 591, 113.]
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    55-8-175. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths — Penalty. —

    (a) (1) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the

    time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand

    curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations:

    (A) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;

    (B) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway; or

    (C) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or

    moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width

    lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For purposes of this section,

    “substandard width lane” means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely

    side by side within the lane.

    (2) This subsection (a) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful

    performance of duty relating to traffic control.

    (b) (1) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths

    or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two (2) abreast shall not

    impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single

    lane.

    (2) Subdivision (b)(1) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful

    performance of duty relating to traffic control or in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the

    law.

    (c) (1) This subsection (c) shall be known and may be cited as the “Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle

    Protection Act of 2007.”

    (2) The operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same

    direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of

    not less than three feet (3) and shall maintain the clearance until safely past the overtaken

    bicycle.

    (d) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 75; T.C.A., 59-876; Acts 1985, ch. 138, 5; 1989, ch. 591, 113; 1995, ch. 140,

    5, 6; 2007, ch. 81, 1.]
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    55-8-176. Carrying articles on bicycles — Penalty. —

    (a) No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article that prevents the driver

    from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.
    (b) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 76; T.C.A., 59-877; Acts 1989, ch. 591, 113.]
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    55-8-177. Bicycle lamps and brakes — Penalties. —

    (a) Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit

    a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500) to the front, and either a red

    reflector or a lamp emitting a red light, which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred

    feet (500) to the rear, when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.

    (b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the

    bicycle within twenty-five feet (25) from a speed of ten miles per hour (10 mph) on dry, level, clean

    pavement.

    (c) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 329, 77; T.C.A., 59-878; Acts 1985, ch. 138, 6; 1989, ch. 591, 113; 2009, ch. 397,

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    We are having a safe cycling clinic next Wednesday at the shop if anyone is interested.

    Shannon Hornsby, League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor and former Executive Director of Walk Bike Nashville, will be teaching a Safe Cycling clinic to help all cyclists gain a better knowledge of how to be safe.

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